"The more I learned, the more I realized how like us they were." (From the Film)
One of the best documentaries of the year, about chimpanzees, love and a passion for life.
In 1960, a 26 year old Jane with no scientific background, no degree, but with a dream of going to Africa, was chosen to undertake a research mission in Gombe, Tanzania. Drawing from over 100 hours of never-before-seen footage that has been tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, Jane tells the story of a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world. Set to a rich orchestral score from Philip Glass, the film offers an unprecedented, intimate portrait of Jane Goodall, perhaps one of the most poised, articulate characters you'll meet. This is also an intimate film since the footage was originally shot by Goodall's then husband-to-be, famed wildlife photographer Hugo van Lawick. Jane exudes a passion for life and for chimpanzees, and seems to encompass everything in between. This is one of this year's best tributes to the art of living.
Hamptons, London, Toronto
Oscar- and Emmy-nominated Brett Morgen is a director, producer and writer. Among his best-known documentaries are On the Ropes (1999), The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002), Chicago 10 (2007), Crossfire Hurricane (2012) and Cobain: Montage of Heck.
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